Bee Mites : Acari : Acariformes : Trombidiformes : Ereynetidae : Ereynetes
Ereynetes (Ereynetes) boharti Hunter and Cross, 1968
Ereynetes (Ereynetes) boharti Hunter and Cross, 1968: 156, Fig. 1; Fain and Camerik, 1994: 151.
Hosts. Nomia melanderi Cockerell, 1906 (Halictidae).
Distribution. USA: Wyoming.
Biology. This species has been collected only once from artificial nests of the bee Nomia melanderi (Halictidae) containing many dead prepupae and mites of the genera Sancassania (Acaridae), Anoetus (Histiostomatidae), and the family Rhodacaridae. Probably, the normal habitat of this species is soil surface and the mites are able to invade the artificial nests because of relatively free access to the cells made possible by the type of nest construction (Hunter and Cross, 1968). The species probably is a predator, like others representatives of the genus Ereynetes.
Hunter, P. E. & E. A. Cross. 1968. Key to North American Ereynetinae and description of a new species (Acarina: Ereynetinae). Journal of the Georgia Entomological Society.3: 154-158.
B. OConnor and P. Klimov ©
Created: April 26, 2012